Is mirena safe for contraception?
Q: I have a 10 months old child. I feel that copper T is a better way of contraception. But few of my cousins have had bad experiences with it. I came to know about the IUS Mirena, which is widely used in Europe and is the newest form of contraception and is more reliable. But I have a doubt about it; mirena makes your periods shorter and lighter and later it even stops. How good or bad is this? Please tell me about the side effects and benefits of Mirena.
A:The safest contraception is the barrier method i.e. male partner should use condoms. All methods involving female partners have side effects, some of which can be quite serious. Copper T is relatively safer than consuming hormonal agents by mouth though less safe, and more complicated, than condoms for males. Intra-Uterine System Mirena involves the use of a drug-eluting (a hormone called progesterone) T-shaped device. It is not only expensive (about Rs. 8000) but has many side effects some of which are: irregular bleeding, absence of periods, inflammation of the abdominal organs (Pelvic Inflammatory Disease), ovarian cysts, ectopic pregnancy (can be quite a problem), perforation of the intestines, high blood pressure, depression, weight gain, diabetes, loss of sexual urge, etc. It is risky to depend upon information on drugs and devices obtained through commercial web sites.